All posts by: Steven May Jr

As a dog ages, several changes may occur besides a greying muzzle. Senior dogs have more health concerns than younger dogs, but they can still make playful, loving companions.

Harmony Peraza, a veterinary technician and the study subject manager for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Dog Aging Project, discusses the most common health conditions that may arise in a senior dog.

While there is some variation among breeds, a dog is typically considered a senior at 8 years old. Large dogs may age faster, becoming seniors as early as 6 or 7, while smaller dogs may not start showing signs of age until they are 9 or 10.

Many pet owners have found themselves in difficult situations in which they know something is wrong with a pet, but the veterinary clinic is closed. How do you know when it’s a true emergency and how do you know when it can wait until the clinic opens the next day?

To answer this question, Dr. Christine Rutter, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses some common situations that often cause pet owner’s concern.

If an animal is showing lameness, such as abnormal movements or the inability to use a limb, the severity will determine the degree of urgency. If lameness is severe, suddenly worse, associated with bleeding, or persists for more than 24 hours, it should be considered an emergency situation.

“Weight-bearing lameness, or limping, can typically be evaluated within one to two days by a primary care veterinarian, rather than on an emergency basis,” Rutter said.

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with these cool dog facts.
From the fastest dog to poop alignment, we never get tired of learning new facts about dogs so check out these 14 surprising dog facts that you might not know.

1. Breeds: The most popular dog today in America is a mixed-breed dog with 38 million mixed breed pet dogs  in homes in the U.S.

2. Big to Small: the tallest dog on record is a Great Dane who stood 44 inches tall with the shortest being a Chihuahua measuring just 3.8 inches in height.

12-year old boy uses fashion to help dogs

Sometimes looking your best makes all the difference. That’s as true for shelter dogs as it is for people, which is why one enterprising and caring 12-year old decided to add a dash of style to the dogs awaiting adoption at shelters. Darius Brown makes bow ties for dogs in shelters . He firmly believes that a dash of style is just what some dogs need to stand out and catch the attention of a person looking to adopt a pet.

Darius is the founder and CEO of Beaux & Paws , a company that makes bow ties by hand and donates them to shelters. At first, he was donating them to shelters in New York and in his home state of New Jersey, but he has expanded beyond that region. His goal is to visit shelters to donate ties in all 50 states.

Custom Pet Portrait Mug

Celebrate your furry friend with this one-of-a-kind personalized and handmade dog mug. Artist Hadley Sedgwick makes these beautiful ceramic dog designs from scratch in her Georgia studio, her work has even appeared on shows such as 2 Broke Girls. Made from durable stoneware clay, this custom mug is non-toxic and microwave/dishwasher safe. Peek into her store and you’ll see that in addition to custom dog mugs she also offers personalized pet bowls and is now offering custom pet pencil cups. Your office will not be complete without a personalized pen and pencil holder featuring your own pup’s delightful pet portrait.

Mug size:  4” height, holds 14 ounces
Pen holder: 4” x 4” x 2”

The dual purpose Chatsworth Snuggle Sack can be used as a folded snuggle pocket pet bed or can be laid flat and used as a thick dog mat. This innovative dog bed is made with four layers, including double thick quilted padding layers, which makes for a pretty durable dog mat. On the bottom you’ll find faux suede for grip and on the reverse side is a soft cozy sherpa fleece. Since these handmade beds come in sizes that will fit most dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes and in a variety of styles, we think they’ll be a hit in most dog homes.

Leash-grabbing dog makes walking a three-ring circus.

Dear Bark: I’m a dog walker, and one of my clients has two adult dogs, a Whippet and an Australian Shepherd, who I take out three times a week. The Whippet is no problem, but the Aussie barks and runs around like a crazy thing, which makes leashing him a challenge. He’s a very big dog, with a big bark! Once the leash is on, he takes it in his mouth and jumps all over the place. Walking is also a challenge because he’s always trying to grab the leash. Any suggestions?

That sounds hectic! It’s no fun walking a dog who seems to be on a pogo stick and is grabbing at the leash to boot. When another dog is along (no matter how well behaved), it can feel even that much crazier.

Non-Canine news sites have been reporting that a new animal welfare law in Australia will require dog owners to walk their dogs daily—or be faced with a $4,000 fine. Across social media, I saw dog lovers raising concerns that if similar laws were to be enacted in their area that they might not be in compliant and at risk of being fined.  However, the legislation has a very narrow focus and one that isn’t expected to have any meaningful impact on the majority of dog owners.

Dog’s name and age: Kyro, 1 year

Nicknames: Ky, Ky-Ky, Ryro, Ry

Adoption Story: Kyro was adopted as a puppy from what we later found out was a puppy mill. The first night we had her, she was sick for hours. We were very worried! We took her to the vet and found that she tested positive for parvovirus, our vet worked hard to ensure that Kyro made it. We called the “breeder” to inform them about the situation. Kyro survived, but thirteen others from the same mill did not. She’s our miracle puppy and we learned a lesson to research where you adopt any pet from.

Kyro likes: She loves her humans, chew-proof squeaky balls, dental chews and of course — breakfast and dinner!